Greetings from Cranbeary the Polar Bear and Alaska Zoo Staff in Denver!

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We recently announced the upcoming arrival of Cranbeary, the Alaska Zoo’s newest polar bear from the Denver Zoo. Alaska Zoo Curator Shannon Jensen and Polar Bear Zookeeper Beth Foglesong recently flew down to the Denver Zoo to meet Cranbeary and begin the process of getting to know her, as well as to prepare her for the big trip north to Alaska.

 Cranbeary’s diet at the Denver Zoo. Doesn’t that look delicious?

Cranbeary’s diet at the Denver Zoo. Doesn’t that look delicious?

Among other things, Shannon and Beth learned that Cranbeary was actually born on Thanksgiving Day. You can guess where the idea for her name came from! Beth described her first impressions of Cranbeary: “She is cute and is very eager to please. We can’t wait to get to know her better”.

Cranbeary will leave soon with her polar bear keepers to fly north to her new home with Lyutyik at the Alaska Zoo. We would like to remind all of our zoo supporters and polar bear enthusiasts that she will be living in our transition and maternity areas off-exhibit for some time after her arrival. She will be kept separate from Lyutyik for a quarantine period and to allow her to get used to her new surroundings. She will slowly meet him and get to know him through barriers to ensure an eventual, safe introduction.

 Beth and Cranbeary meeting for the first time. We can’t wait to welcome Cranbeary to her new home!

Beth and Cranbeary meeting for the first time. We can’t wait to welcome Cranbeary to her new home!

While zoo visitors won’t be seeing her in person yet, we will keep everyone updated on her progress through pictures and staff observations. She will be monitored by staff closely and will receive the best care possible. As the only zoo in the only U.S. state to have wild polar bears, we take great pride in our work with this species and our involvement in their conservation, preservation and care. Cranbeary will be in great hands!

To learn more about polar bears, visit our animal information pages.

To learn about wild polar bears in Alaska and ongoing research, visit the U.S.G.S. Alaska Science Center page.

Photos of Cranbeary courtesy of Denver Zoo. Diet image and Beth/Cranbeary image taken by Curator Shannon Jensen.